Football Ticket Sales Up

As expected, football ticket sales are ahead of recent seasons at Ole Miss. But fans can still buy them. All seven home games remain available through a season ticket package.

Although students have yet to pick up their allotted 7,500 seats, all of those will be accounted for. Add that number to the season ticket sales total, and things stand at just over 42,000 this week.

That's not quite to the record of 48,000 set in 2004, the year after Eli Manning and company won the Cotton Bowl during a 10-win season. But it's an improvement over the last few seasons.

"Season ticket sales are obviously up, no question about that," said Ole Miss assistant athletics director for ticket operations Sans Russell. "But we've still got more of them for sale. So we encourage Ole Miss fans to continue to buy them."

Russell said as long as they are available, season tickets will be sold right up to the first home game, which is the season's second game when the Rebels host Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 19.

The Southeastern Conference home opener, this season against Alabama but not until Oct. 10, has been the best seller. Although the ticket office is still taking individual orders for all other games, the only way to now order a ticket to the Rebels vs. the Crimson Tide is to buy a full season ticket.

The same situation could arise for Tennessee and LSU tickets in the near future. But that hasn't happened yet.

Season tickets are $275 each. The north end zone package is already sold out and the price was $165 each.

Ole Miss has been aggressive in finding former season ticket holders and asking them to buy this time around.

"One thing we've done is identify more than 4,000 people who bought season tickets during the last seven years but didn't buy them last year, and they are being called," Russell said. "It's a recording with Coach (Houston) Nutt asking them to buy season tickets when they answer the phone."

That plan has just been implemented, so monitoring its effectiveness will come in the weeks ahead.

With difficult economic times in mind, Ole Miss also had a plan this spring for fans to purchase season tickets and defer full payment until August 1.

"It was the first time we've had this, and it allowed fans to pay in three or four payments until Aug. 1," said Russell, who mentioned quite a few took advantage of the opportunity.

"The economy has definitely been a factor," he continued. "I believe we would have surpassed the old mark (48,000) had it not been for that. With all the excitement from last year and the buildup to this season, if not now, when? But the economy has hurt some, no question about it."

Road game tickets are available to all five of those contests. Plenty of tickets in the "Ole Miss sections" remain for games at Memphis, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Auburn, and Mississippi State.

To purchase season tickets, contact Ole Miss at olemisssports.com for on-line orders 24 hours a day, or call during business hours 1-662-915-7167 or in-state 1-888-732-8587.

Season tickets will be mailed mid-to-late August.

Russell said this year's projected on-the-field success will help again next spring and summer when fans buy tickets.

If Ole Miss wins big this fall as most anticipate, "then we may just get past the old mark this time next year," he said.


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